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Associate Professor

Dr. Shideh Dashti is an Associate Professor in the Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering Program at the University of Colorado Boulder. Her in geotechnical engineering and geomechanics, focuses on the influence of extreme climatic and seismic events on interacting soil-foundation-structure systems and geotechnical infrastructure. Dr. Dashti's goal is to help train engineers to be more globally-engaged in research and practice, through engaging them in internationally relevant projects and collaborating with experts in other countries and disciplines. She also currently serves as the Associate Chair for Administration in the department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering at the Univeristy of Colorado Boulder.


  • Ph.D. University of California at Berkeley (2009)
  • M.S. University of California at Berkeley (2005)
  • B.S. Cornell University (2004)

Research Interests

  • Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering
  • Liquefaction (consequences and mitigation)
  • Seismic soil-structure-interaction
  • Seismic response of underground structures
  • Physical and numerical modeling
  • Use of innovative sensing technologies, knowledge dissemination tools, and information technology in earthquake engineering
  • Resilience of cities and societies to natural disasters

Honors & Awards

  • 2021 Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Price, ASCE
  • 2020 Associate Editor of the Year, ASCE Journal of Geotechnical Engineering and Geomechanics
  • 2020 Provost Faculty Achievement Award, CU Boulder
  • 2018 Arthur Casagrande Professional Development Award, ASCE
  • 2015 Outstanding Reviewer Recognition, ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and GeoEnvironmental Engineering.
  • 2015 Departmental Young Researcher Award, Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering, CU Boulder
  • 2015-16 Dean’s Faculty Fellowship, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, CU Boulder
  • 2015 National Science Foundation Early CAREER Award
  • 2014 Departmental Teaching Award, Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering, CU Boulder
  • 2009 Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award, UC Berkeley
  • 2004–2005 UC Berkeley Graduate Fellowship in GeoEngineering
  • 2004 Magna cum Laude distinction, Cornell University
  • 2004 Distinguished Leadership Award, Cornell University